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July 07, 2022, 7:00PM: Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

"Learn the Lingo: Astronomy From A to Z"

by Debbie Moran

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Join us on the evening of July 7th for a presentation that will benefit all amateur astronomers. Novice Chairperson Debbie Moran will give a talk entitled, "Learn the Lingo: Astronomy From A to Z". Debbie will go in-depth into astronomical terms that may be unfamiliar, vague or confusing and make them clear and understandable. Many of the terms and concepts she will discuss even seasoned astronomers will find interesting. There is something here for everyone, newbies and veterans alike. And who knows, you might even run across them again. Some of the more obscure terms have been known to pop up in an HAS trivia contest!


Speaker Bio: Deborah Moran has had a lifelong interest in astronomy since her childhood in Midland, TX where all the scenery is in the sky. She has been a long time member of the Houston Astronomical Society and has served in a number of capacities there, currently as Novice Chair in charge of programs for new members. She also participates in outreach programs and is a volunteer telescope operator at the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. She is the 2017 recipient of the International Dark-Sky association’s Hoag-Robinson Award for education of government officials about outdoor lighting issues. In 2010, her Woodside neighborhood became the first one within Houston city limits allowed to install low glare fully shielded decorative streetlights. For the past four years she has presented concerns about the choice of high glare white LED street lights in Houston to city officials and hopes that the Houston area will someday join other communities in moving to warm or soft white to amber LEDs which are recommended by the American Medical Association for their reduced glare and reduced disruption of day/night circadian function. 

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Novice meetings will be held virtually via Zoom, and live streamed on the HAS Facebook page.

Please use the following link to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItfuygrDgvEtU79x2YdRovr2UJEHE5_fDt

Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Thursday evening July 7th!

Joe Khalaf

President

Houston Astronomical Society

July 08, 2022, 6:30PM: July Regular Meeting - IN PERSON and via Zoom

The Lives and Observing Records of William and Caroline Herschel

With Larry Mitchell

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Abstract – In the mid 18th century based on the work of Sir Isaac Newton,  it was thought the universe beyond the solar system was unchanging. William Herschel completely changed this theory, along with many more generally accepted ideas.

Without any formal training he established concepts which persisted for the next 100 years and provided the very foundation of today’s astronomical knowledge. This is why today he is known as the “Father of modern astronomy”. Most people have no idea of the huge database Herschel provided, based solely on his visual observations through instruments he built. These were the finest observations the world had seen, up to that time.

Larry is in possession of every scientific paper William Herschel published and will present information not seen elsewhere. We hope you can attend this very informative presentation.

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Our Speaker : We are fortunate to have many accomplished members in HAS and one of them is certainly our own Larry Mitchell.  Larry has been a long time member of HAS. He is strictly a visual ‘Star-hopping‘ observer but admits that he greatly appreciates the work provided by imagers. During his observing carreer, Larry has:

- Observed all 2,508 objects Wm Herschel discovered including the ‘nonexistents’.

-Authored the Mitchell Anonymous  catalog, the MAC which consists of 117,300 previously uncatalogued galaxies. 

-Discovered supernova SN1994S.

- Served as Chairman of visual observing programs for the Texas Star Party and for the Stellafane Convention.

- Owned too many telescopes but mainly uses 36-inch and 20 inch Dobsonians, and a 7 inch refractor.

To Register for Zoom Meeting: Our July General meeting will be IN PERSON and Live Streamed via Zoom for those not able to attend in person. If you wish to attend via Zoom you must register for the meeting. 

Please use the following link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApduiqpzgsH9Bot0OepBpKcNLLi0mqhjo9

Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, so that you can post your questions. During the Q&A period the moderator will take questions from both the live audience and from those attending remotely. We hope to see you either IN PERSON or online with us on Friday evening July 8th!

July 13, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

July 20, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

August 10, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

August 17, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

August 25, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 UBarU Star Party, Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

September 14, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

September 21, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

September 23, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 Okie-Tex, Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

October 12, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

October 19, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

October 24, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 Eldorado Star Party, October 24-29, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

October 29, 2022, 5:00PM: HAS Annual Picnic

The Annual HAS Picnic is back and it’s Halloween! Bring the kids, bring the red lights, and bring a bag of candy to share. Gate opens at noon. Dinner is at 6pm and Trick or Treat is at 7pm so come early to set up your telescope. Kids of all ages love meeting old friends and new at the dark site. Light rules apply so review the online orientation. Questions? Contact Rene Gedaly

November 09, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

November 16, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

December 14, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

December 21, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

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